With a cold front pressing in – slowly – from the west and Hurricane Arthur pushing up from the south southern Virginia was in a convective squeeze play today. CAPE values were extreme (>3000) and there was little or no cap so storms went up very early…much earlier than I thought based on the short range models.
A strong line of storms had already popped up before noon and I was caught by surprise, necessitating a quick dash northward and then east on Rte 460 toward Bedford. I was able to stop for a while to watch, film, and live stream before needing to hop-scotch east and south to stay out of the heavy rain. As I looked west from the Montvale vicinity a lowering crossed left to right in front of me with rapid cloud motions. I labeled it a rotating wall cloud and sent in a photo to NWS Blacksburg:
Pushing east I stopped a couple more times to watch and live stream. This photo was taken from the Bedford Visitor Center looking northward at a cell that was severe-warned: